FIRE DANGER "LOW" WITH NO BURN BANS: The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that the fire danger rating has been decreased to a “Low” level in Pend Oreille County. Rule burns are now allowed for forest debris (individual pile size is limited to four feet until October 15, pile size on October 16 increases to ten feet). For burn piles that do not meet the requirements of a Rule Burn, a Burn Permit is needed from DNR. Please notify the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office the day of your burn by calling 509-447-1980.

Therefore, in accordance with Pend Oreille County Burning Control Ordinance 2011-3: “Whenever the Washington State Department of Natural Resources imposes Burning Controls upon lands within Pend Oreille County, the Pend Oreille County Commissioners hereby direct that identical County Burning Controls will be imposed upon all lands under county jurisdiction without further action of the Board of County Commissioners… When DNR prohibits campfires in designated campgrounds in Pend Oreille County, the recreational fires allowed above will also be prohibited. …the County Burning Controls will become effective at the same time, upon the same terms and for the same duration as the Burning Controls imposed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.”

If you see someone you think is burning illegally, call Ecology’s toll-free complaint line at 1-866-211-6284. Daily updates on burn restrictions are available at 1-800-323-BURN.

WILDLAND FIRE FIGHTING: All Risk Mobilization - In 1991, a wildland fire in Spokane destroyed hundreds of residential structures and thousands of acres of forest. In the wake of that firestorm, the 1992 Washington State Legislature passed into law a bill directing the creation of the State Fire Service Mobilization Plan in RCW 43.43.961. This RCW names the Chief of the Washington State Patrol as the authority to authorize a state-declared mobilization.

Northwest Fire LocationsUnder this RCW, the Fire Service Resource Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide personnel, equipment, and other logistical resources from around the state when a wildland fire or other emergency exceeds the firefighting capacity of local jurisdictions. In accordance with this plan, the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau Office of the State Fire Marshal coordinates statewide fire service resources to support local firefighting efforts.

South Pend Oreille Fire and Rescue participates in requests for state mobilizations with fire equipment and volunteers. Our participation is dependent upon our local conditions as well. When we have a high potential for major fires we reserve our apparatus and volunteers to stay here in our own protections area.

POC Local Emergency NotificationsLOCAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS: Pend Oreille County citizens are urged to sign up to receive Wildfire updates through the new Community Information Service which is designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our county using the latest technology. This service, Nixle, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications instantly sent to you by cell phone text message, email, and the web. There is NO Spam or advertising. Nixle is completely free (standard text message rates apply for cell phone subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers). The service is simple to use, reliable and trusted. Click on the Nixle icon at the right to register now and learn more about this emergency notification service.

ILLEGAL BURNING: Please don’t do it! If you see someone you think is burning illegally call the Department of Ecology’s toll-free complaint line at 1-866-211-6284.